Chiefs and elders of Atwima Mponua District in the Ashanti region have held a community meeting to discuss the concerns of its residents amid the commencement of bauxite mining in the district.
The meeting which was held on Sunday 26th August, 2018 paved way for the residents and the chiefs to deliberate on their expectations and other important issues of concern to the residents.
It could be recalled that, parliament passed the Master Project Support Agreement for a 2 billion dollar facility for the construction of priority projects by Chinese firm, SynoHydro Corporation .
The said facility would be in exchange for alumina processed from Bauxite deposit in the country as announced by the finance Minister ,Ken Ofori Atta in the mid year Budget Review.
Mr Offori Atta said in the mid year Budget Review that, the Sinohydro Group limited is expected to provide us$2 billion of infrastructure including roads ,bridges , hospitals, housing, rural electrification, in exchange for Ghana's refined Bauxite.
During the meeting, ACP Francis Manu Offe ,head of Accra Police hospital laboratory, who double as a leading member of Amanano mining advocacy group; a group which includes elders of Nyinahin, residents , pressure groups, elders and chiefs in the district told Silver FM's Akwadaa Nyame that, the aim of the meeting is to ensure that the mining activities affects the lives of the people in the district positively.
The group called on the youth in the District to remain calm as they are putting measures in place to ensure that the affected communities, farmers and residents are well compensated.
It was also their objective to ensure that the water bodies in the area are well protected.
He added that, unlike Obuasi ,Awaso and other mining places in the country , the group is going to ensure that the district gets its fair share of the said developmental projects including good roads , hospitals, schools and jobs for residents in the district.
On the part of the chiefs, Nana Dwumaa Frimpong III, Sraso Timpom Dikro , bemoans why important dignitaries including the chief of Nyinahin, Nana Amampene Boateng Twum , DCE Hon Joseph Yaw Darko and their member of parliament who double as the Minister of youth and sports, Hon. Isaac Asiamah failed to attend to their invitation with no excuse.
He futher called on the Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu II to help put an end to the chieftaincy dispute at Nyinahin as the community is lacking behind in terms of development.
Some of the farmers in the community hinted that even though the mining have not started yet, they have had some of their cocoa trees cut down without any notification and are therefore calling for a compensation since they have nothing to depend on aside farming.